“God has perfect timing, and it’s highly possible that by not being where you thought you should be, you will end up being exactly where you are meant to go.”
-Rachel Hollis Girl, Wash Your Face
The phenomenon of Rachel Hollis, Girl, Wash Your Face, and now Girl, Stop Apologizing, the Rise Podcast, Hollis Co, and everything in between has almost completely taken over my Instagram feed. After the release of Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis has skyrocketed to success as a motivational champion of women in business and media mogul. She has millions of dedicated followers who consume her inspirational content in the form of journals, podcasts, books, social media posts, email newsletters, conferences, mentorship, and more. And I won’t lie, I’m interested in the hype, and I’ve read her famous best-seller. But, I do have some reservations, as well.
Ever since I saw Girl, Wash Your Face sweeping over my Instagram feed in early 2018 when it launched, I was interested in Rachel Hollis and her mission! She’s encouraging and empowering and she has a hilarious personality that is captivating. Her voice shines through in her writing just as dynamically as it does on social media or her speaking engagements. She is bright and inspirational. There were some pieces of her book, like the above quote, that totally kicked me in the pants and caused me to want to get moving towards the direction of all the dreams I have in life. Much of the content was around being the best version of yourself.
I personally loved the chapter about not breaking promises to yourself because this is something that I’ve struggled with, and still do. It’s easy to plan for things and then when the time comes, totally let the fall to the wayside. I’m guilty of making and breaking promises to myself about many different things, and so I was inspired by her comparisons here. If I treated the promises I’ve made to friends and family like the promises I’ve made to myself, where I lack motivation, often don’t follow through, or just straight up break them, then I’d be a pretty horrible friend. And sadly, sometimes that does happen because I’m a human and I’m not perfect. But I have worked really hard to be aware of this and keep promises to myself and others, no matter what.
The problem that I have with Girl, Wash Your Face is that it was advertised as a Christian book, and there were some fundamental flaws in her words that don’t necessarily hold up when held against the lens of the Bible. I won’t go into detail on these ideas myself because I don’t believe that I’ll be able to do them the justice they deserve. Instead, I’d like for you to read this article originally published by The Gospel Coalition, and then make the decision for yourself!
Overall, I believe that Rachel Hollis has a very positive platform that brings millions of women encouragement daily. I love her books and her message, even if she is a very polarizing figure to some. But like everything in life today, take her message with a grain of salt and keep your heart aligned with the Word of God always!